Iván Duque Wins Election to Become Colombia's President


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June 19, 2018

Iván Duque Wins Election to Become Colombia's President

As is customary in Latin America’s strongest and oldest democracy, Colombia’s free and fair elections took place in a peaceful and orderly manner with complete transparency. The results were made known just one hour after the polls closed on Sunday at 4:00pm local time. More than 54 percent of eligible Colombian voters participated in the country’s Presidential election since the nation achieved a historic Peace Agreement in 2016. Emerging from the field were two candidates - Iván Duque and Gustavo Petro who advanced to a June 17 runoff election. In Colombia, if no candidate wins a majority (more than 50 percent) of the votes, there is a runoff. Last Sunday in the runoff election Duque secured 54 percent of the vote and Petro, 41 percent.

 

Ivan Duque will be the first president in Colombia’s modern history to assume the role after the Peace Agreement was signed. The new President will be inaugurated on August 7, 2018, for a four-year term that ends on August 7, 2022. When he takes office in August, Duque will be Colombia’s youngest president in more than a century.

 

Press Release from the U.S. Department of State 

 

U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said:
 
The United States congratulates Ivan Duque on his election as the next President of Colombia. We salute Colombia’s strong democracy, and reaffirm our admiration for its people and institutions. The United States looks forward to deepening our vibrant partnership based on our shared democratic values.

Colombia continues to be an example of the ideals that inspire our Hemisphere: democracy through free and fair elections with the peaceful participation of all political leaders and parties and accompanied by credible local and international observation; respect for the will of the people; and protection of the fundamental freedoms of association and expression.

We will work with President-elect Duque to support Colombia’s efforts to combat drug trafficking, strengthen security, protect human rights, and secure the just and lasting peace its people deserve.